PENRYN Athletic have applied for promotion to the South West Peninsula League Premier.

Athletic are one of only two clubs in the St Piran League to have applied for promotion to the division for the 2020/21 season, with fellow West division side Hayle joining them.

Ordinarily, only one side would be permitted to be promoted from a single division, but the FA have relaxed the rule this season owing to their national restructure of non-league football, meaning that more than one may be allowed to go up if it aids the geographical make-up of divisions.

Any promotion application is subject to ground grading and finishing positions, with teams required to have met the requirements of Grade G or meet it by the end of March the following year.

A top-two finish in the St Piran League West will be required if the clubs are to swap with a relegated team in the SWPL, but a finish of third, fourth or fifth is acceptable should they be filling a vacancy created by a team being promoted out of the SWPL.

The latter is a possibility, with up to two teams potentially earning promotion from the SWPL Premier West to the Western League at the end of this season.

Penryn currently enjoy a seven-point lead at the top of the division with just under half of the season remaining, with Harry Pope's side winning 12 of their 15 games so far this campaign.

Hayle are fourth with 28 points from 17 games, but have played at least one more game than every other team in the division.

Penryn were founder-members of the South West Peninsula League, playing in SWPL Division 1 West from its inception in 2007 for the next 11 seasons, finishing in the top five on ten occasions.

They withdrew from the division ahead of the 2017/18 season and played the last two seasons in the Combination League, before joining the new St Piran League last summer.